Siemens Healthcare and the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) announced today a new strategic alliance focusing on education, awareness and screening for kidney disease in high-risk individuals. This important collaboration will leverage the latest testing recommendations from the NKF to improve detection among the 73 million Americans at risk for kidney disease.
Research published in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases estimates that nearly 6 out of 10 Americans 1 will develop kidney disease in their lifetime. As a result of this and previous studies, the NKF recommends that healthcare professionals screen for kidney disease by adding a simple urine albumin test to the annual physical examination of high-risk individuals. People are considered high risk if they are age 60 or older, have high blood pressure, diabetes or a family history of kidney failure. The evidence-based recommendations generated by leaders like the NKF provide key direction for diagnostic manufacturers like Siemens that aim to develop and provide the proper diagnostic tests to improve patient health.
In order to accelerate and expand the awareness of these new findings and recommendations, the NKF has entered into a strategic alliance with Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, the leader in urinalysis testing, for the development and distribution of educational materials for both professionals and patients. The primary focus of the Siemens and NKF alliance will be to increase awareness of the importance of albumin-to-creatinine ratio testing 2 in high-risk individuals, with the ultimate goal of improving diagnosis and identifying kidney disease early in its course. This highly collaborative relationship brings together two leading organizations with clinical and diagnostic expertise that will help put the new clinical recommendations into practice. The Siemens and NKF alliance will be an ongoing collaboration and will be rolled out over the coming calendar year.
“Siemens is passionate about chronic disease management and preventative care because we truly believe it will reduce the overall cost of healthcare,” said Dr. David Stein, CEO, Point of Care (POC) Business Unit, Siemens Healthcare, Diagnostics Division. “We have long admired the tireless work of the NKF and this collaboration will not only strengthen our efforts to improve the level of screening for kidney disease, but also help to give clinicians critical tools they need to improve diagnoses. Together, we can elevate the discussion about the risks and prevalence of kidney disease, the importance of early detection, and the tools we have to combat the disease so that ultimately, we can help keep people out of the hospital.”